6 November 2007 – A grant of US$500 000 has been made available by the United States to the Liberian Government to enable feasibility studies on the Mount Coffee hydro electric plant to take place.
Making the disclosure at a press briefing recently, Lawrence Bropleh, Liberian information minister, said that as soon as the study was complete, the government would start seeking financing to reconstruct the plant.
He also announced an initiative by the Norwegian government to built mini hydro plants in rural areas throughout Liberia.
This follows a recent announcement that the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has agreed to construct 12 mini hydro plants throughout Liberia.
Bropleh also discussed government plans to role out a renewable energy programme amongst the rural population. Providing electricity to the rural areas of Liberia will enable communities to improve employment opportunities, health delivery and education, as well as increase access to safe drinking water.
Liberia is currently without a national power grid as for the most part, power has been generated on site using privately owned generators.